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The Ducane 31741101 Affinity 4100

My husband and I tested the Ducane 31741101 Affinity 4100 Gas Grill for a period of one month. We did this so that I would be able to provide an in-depth review to help consumers considering purchasing this Ducane Affinity 4100 gas grill. My husband and I both made a point to grill as often as possible during the review period so that we could get a clear idea of how this Ducane gas grill performs with regular usage. Here is my review of the Ducane 31741101 Affinity 4100 Gas Grill.

I think it is important to consider the price when forming expectations for any product, and gas grills are no exception. The Ducane Affinity 4100 Propane Gas Grill will cost you about $550, and that includes the shipping costs. That is on the high-end of mid-range, as far as gas grills of this size are concerned. $550 may seem like a lot of money, but it is only about 60% of the cost of a similarly sized Weber Genesis. This is a big gas grill, and big grills cost a lot.

I received my new Ducane Affinity 4100 gas grill and could immediately tell by its 150 pound weight that this unit is constructed out of decent materials. My husband and I found assembly to be fairly easy; we were done in about 40 minutes. I am surprised by the choice of stainless steel cooking grates in this price range. My personal preference would be cast iron since it retains heat much better than stainless steel does, but I do understand that many people like steel for its low maintenance. One thing I do like is the way Ducane separated the grate into two pieces, making it easier to remove and clean. There is a thermometer built into the lid of the cook box on this gas grill. The metal that makes up the main body of the Ducane Affinity 4100 is pretty much what you ought to expect in this price range. The metal is thicker than the metal found on cheap grills from a big box store, but thinner than what you will find on a high-end Weber. The body and cook box of this gas grill is mainly black colored metal, a departure from the traditional stainless steel and plastic found today. The side shelves are gray. I enjoy stainless steel, but it tends to look dirty a lot, especially outside, so black and gray is a nice change of pace. I like the overall look of this Ducane Affinity 4100 Gas Grill quite a bit. It looks solid, strong and modern.

This Ducane gas grill gets very hot very quickly. It is quite well-powered at 48,000 BTUs. That was very evident when the cook box temperature got to 600 degrees F within 10 minutes. The heat also seem to be very evenly dispersed. I had no trouble cooking large items, such as a whole chicken, during the review period. The high heat capability lets you nicely sear a steak or burgers, however the stainless steel cooking grate does not give you the same nice grill marks you get from a cooking grate constructed of cast iron. The heavier metal cooking grates retain heat better and provide those grill marks we all love to see. Those grill marks are not just for looks either; they also add lots of great charred flavor. But overall, this Ducane Affinity 4100 gas grill does nicely brown foods.

The magnets that hold the doors closed on this gas grill are not very strong. The doors blew open on very windy days, which are common in the Midwest where I live. A child lock designed for kitchen cabinets remedied the problem for me. Most people will not likely have this problem, unless they also live in a very windy area.

Overall, both my husband and I feel that the Ducane Affinity 4100 is a good gas grill. It has a very impressive look which makes it appear more expensive than it actually is. However, it is lacking some of the solid, heavy-duty materials I like in a gas grill. Unfortunately, those materials do come at a higher price. That is why I still think the Ducane Affinity 4100 Propane Gas Grill is a good value and well-priced for what it offers.




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